Vigil // 4min // Drama // 2017 // US
Writer/Director: Chris King
A young woman lies awake, thinking about what could have been. A short, powerful tribute to our fallen and their families, inspired by a true story.
Empty View // 18:06min // Animation // 2017 // Iran
Director: Ali Zare Ghanatnowi
Mother keeps a lookout for her son to return home from war. She knits him a pair of gloves remembering how her son rubbed his cold hands together on the wintry morning he left. The war goes on. Mother waits.
TransMilitary // 93min // Documentary // 2018 // US
Directors: Gabe Silverman and Fiona Dawson
Writers: Jamie Coughlin and Gabriel Silverman
TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own.
All the Winters I Haven’t Seen
All The WInters I Haven’t Seen // 17min // Animation // 2015 // Iran
Directors: Omid Koshnazar Cast: Stella Ulm, Max Jelbart, Rowan Kennett
In New York City, a woman in the first trimester of pregnancy discovers through a long series of tests that there is a high likelihood her child will be born with severe physical defects. It turns out that she had been exposed to chemical weapons.
Homeward Bound // 8min // 2016 // Australia
Director: Miles Gibson
Based on a true story, in October of 1917 a young soldier becomes trapped in the notoriously treacherous mud of the Battle of Passchendaele. As he attempts to escape his tragic fate, the young soldier relives moments from his short life in a vain attempt to reforge the choices that had bought him there.
Miro // 23min // Drama // 2016 // Australia
Directors: Victoria Wharfe McIntye
When Miro returns home at the end of World War II he finds his land taken, his people gone, his daughter stolen and his service record treated with contempt
Silence is the Accomplice
Screening of Silence is the Accomplice // Documentary // 2017 // Australia
Director: Lieutenant General Angus John Campbell
The stories of four very brave serving Army members dealings with family and domestic violence.
The film tells the stories of four very brave serving Army members with family and domestic violence.
That’s Mine // 6:15min // Animation // 2015 // Iran
Director: Maryam Kashkoolinia
Left in the bush in a war long ago, a landmine awaits its victim with fatal patience. We see village life, workers in the fields, children playing games … all from the perspective of the landmine.
Worlds Apart // 17min // Sci fi // 2017 // Australia
Writer/Director: Timothy Wade
A World War Two English soldier wakes from a coma to find a mysterious old man sharing his hospital room.
The Belief // 2min // Animation // 2016 // Iran
Director: Amir Vahedi
The enemy attacks the country and war begins. An invisible man puts on a pair of soldiers’ boots. The boots prepare to fight the enemy, but when they see fragments of other boots in the battlefield, they refuse to go forward.
After The War
After The War // 14min // Drama // 2017 // Russia
Director: Georgij Davidov
The story of two soldiers fighting on opposing sides. They are destined to come face to face and feel crime and remorse, despair and tears. They come to the realisation that the war is ruthless and senseless and decide to leave it together.
War Ball // 1:40min // Animation // 2013 // Iran
Director: Saeed Madadi
A calm violin player, becomes a warrior, just because of a little ball hits him.
The Passer // 11min // Drama // 2016 // Iran
Director: Pouria Pishvaei
Writer: Omid Shams
A squad of soldiers under enemy fire come to a dead end. With no way back, they need to make a tough decision to be released at the edge of death.
The After War
The After War // 11:39min // Drama // 2016 // USA
Director: Giorgio Litt
Cast: Nikki Deloach, Jentzen Ramirez, James Devoti
The wife of a mentally-ill veteran and her son scrape by in an abandoned RV park, but they can’t escape her worst fear: the return of her husband.
Her Unlikely Kin
Her Unlikely Kin // 15min // Drama // 2015 // USA
Director: Kenneth Raimondi
Sarah Rassi is running out of options. She needs a bone marrow transplant and her only match on the registry is troubled war veteran, Peyton Sinclair. Can Peyton overcome his own battles with PTSD to step up and save Sarah’s life?
Kookaburras // 16min // Documentary // 2017 // Australia
Director: David Jenkins
This short follows the commissioning and making of a fused glass window, by Canberra glass artist Ruth Oliphant, to memorialise women who have been widowed by war. Four generations of Australian women speak about their experiences.
It Would Piss Me Off to Die So Young
It Would Piss Me Off to Die So Young // 16:17min // Animation // 2016 // Portugal
Writer/Director: Filipe Abranches
Several soldiers, hidden behind masks, march off to war. This impressively animated story takes us on a battlefield journey to inevitable catastrophe. It is the First World War and a Portuguese soldier, wearing a gas mask, hides from the abstract fog. As he inhales mustard gas, symbolic visions appear before him in a claustrophobic series of events.
And We Were Young
And We Were Young // 75min // Animation // 2015 // USA
Writer/Director: Andy Smetanka
A stop-motion, silhouette-animation oral history of American soldiers, ‘Doughboys,’ in the last months of the Great War. A brutal, hauntingly beautiful, and thoroughly original vision of America’s war, narrated entirely in the words of the ones who were there.
La Folle Histoire de Max et Léon
La Folle Histoire de Max et Léon // 98min // Comedy // 2016 // France & Belgium
Writer/Director: Jonathan Barré
Writers: Grégoire Ludig, David Marsais
Max and Léon’s adventures, two childhood friends idle and party-goer, who are trying to escape the Second World War.
Tango on the Balcony
Tango on the Balcony // 19min // Drama // 2016 // US & Cyprus
Writer/Director: Minos Papas
Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life, is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.
Gloriana // 9min // Drama // 2015 // US
Director: Stefany Mathias
The US Army’s first female Ranger platoon leader is unfairly tried for a failed combat mission.
She Will Be Loved
She Will Be Loved // 30min // Drama // 2017 // USA
Writer/Director: Chadwick Pelletier
A female CIA Officer is on an overseas mission when her convoy is struck by an IED, and she is medevaced as the loan survivor.
The Sandbox // 47min // Drama // 2016 // USA
Writer/Director: Jennifer Kramer
A young boy struggles to reconnect with his dad who returns from Iraq still haunted by his tour of duty.
The Darkest Hour
The Darkest Hour // 125min // Drama // 2017 // UK
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Anthony McCarten
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.
The Camouflage Closet
The Camouflage Closet // 40min // Documentary // 2013 // USA
Writer/Director: Michael Nedelman
In this veteran-led project, LGBTQ+ veterans were provided with the cameras, tools, and training to create video narratives. Told in nine vignettes, the film incorporates the LGBTQ+ veterans’ first-hand experiences with PTSD, trauma and recovery.
DEFENCE ON-BOARD FOR VETERANS FILM FESTIVAL IN 2017
The Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, says Defence will partner with the Veteran’s Film Festival in 2017 to help the festival reach even more serving personnel and their families. VADM Griggs used the closing night of the three-day...
Veterans Film Festival returns to Australian War Memorial
Veterans Film Festival returns to Australian War Memorial The 2nd annual Veterans Film Festival (VFF), in partnership with the RSL National, returns to Canberra with a three-day program on 13, 14 and 15 October, 2016 at the Australian War Memorial. The Festival kicks...
Hyena Road // 120min // Drama // 2015 // Canada
Writer/Director: Paul Gross
There men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives
Boat People // 29min // Drama // 2016 // Germany
Writer/Director: Paul Meschùh
On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran.
In the Neighbour’s Garden
In the Neighbour’s Garden // 12min // Drama // 2015 // UK
Director: Robert Hamilton
Writer/Producer: Andrew Martyn-Lewis and Matthew McPherson
In the First World War, two soldiers live out their existence in either boredom or fear, until a chance discovery lifts them away from the trenches.
The Little Boy
The Little Boy // 8min // Animation // 2015 // Iran
Writer/Director: Mona A Shahi
People are leaving a town by the order of military but a little boy does not want to follow them he has his own mission to do.
There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
There Is Nothing New Under The Sun // 13min // Drama // 2016 // Iran
Writer/Director Faezeh Alavi
A girl narrates her nightmares, and the boundaries of dream and reality start to fade and become indistinct.
Monument // 3min // Animation // 2016 // Poland
Director: Marcin Gizycki
The Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw was designed by Bohdan Lachert and built in 1949-1950. The chief sculptor for this project, which represents socialist realism at its best, was Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz.
Seen Through the Eyes of Children
Seen Through The Eyes Of Children // 3min // Animation // 2016 // Canada
Director: Anna Maria Mouradian
How children depicted the Syrian war.
Ozone // 21min // Drama // 2015 // Serbia
Director: Branko Sujić
Writers: Slobodan Obradović, Branko Sujić
In a post-apocalyptic near future devastated by global nuclear war, Dastagir, one of the few survivors, fights to regain his lost love and rediscover his humanity.
The Ripple Effect of PTSD
The Ripple Effect of PTSD // 12min // Documentary // 2016 // Australia
Director/Producer: Kym Melzer
Veteran Kirsty Greenshields and her husband veteran James Greenshields describe their rollercoaster personal journey from, Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Growth.
Komm Und Spiel (Come and Play)
Komm Und Spiel (Come and Play) // 30min // Drama // 2013 // Germany
Writer/Director: Daria Belova
Berlin. Grisha, a Russian-German boy, fools around with a wooden stick toy gun. The longer he plays, the further he is thrust into an altered reality.
Modern War Song
Modern War Song // 5min // Music Video // 2015 // Austria
Writer/Director: End Brandner
A sunset, helicopters, machinery … just like the Futurists. He believed in the beauty of all of it. Unaware how gruesome and raw the reality of it really was.
Anrath // 20min // Drama // 2015 // Germany
Writer/Director/Producer: Gregor Hoeppner
Nazi Germany, October 1944. A 60-year-old Jewish woman, from the village of Anrath in the Lower Rhine Region, is being deported. She rides crossbar on the bike of an elderly village policeman.
Red Line // 8min // Animation // 2012 // Iran
Writer/Director: Mona A Shahi
In a desert neverland a turtle and a lizard unwillingly get involved in a war between two powers. As a result, they both are put in a tough situation.
Exit Wounds // 11min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia
Writer/Director: Pattie Collins
The story is about a former Australian soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder. The condition developed following deployment with a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Rwanda at the time of the civil war in the 1990s.
Mi e Ti
Mi e Ti // 5min// Music Video // 2016 // Italy
Writer/Director: Samuel Gottardello
Mi E Ti is the story of an Italian soldier, set during the World War I. Dispersed after an assault that turns out to be a massacre, he takes refuge in a forest and gets lost.
Not Their Boots
Not Their Boots // 6min // Drama // 2013 // Australia
Writer/Director: Jordon Prince-Wright
A student short film that was made during Year 12, based on the start of the Second World War, inspired the stories and thoughts of the director’s grandfather.
Biography // 21min // Drama // 2016 // Israel
Director: Arik Kaufman
Miriam, an elderly war widow tormented by her young husband’s death, surrounds herself with archival recordings and writes his biography in her crumbling apartment.
Forgotten Hero // 2min // Drama // 2016 // Australia
Writer/Director: Philip Meddows
A Veteran returns home and visits the house of a high school sweet heart to find her son fixing his old A Model Ford in the driveway.
The Ravens // 20min // Drama // 2016 // Australia
Writer/Director: Jennifer Perrott
When young Ruby’s father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect.
Darryl // 22min // Drama // 2016 // USA
Writer/Director: Christianna Carmine
An Iraq War Veteran is forced to face his past when his estranged daughter, fighting a battle of her own, re-enters his life.
Sarge // 23:26min // Drama // 2016 // USA
Writer/Director: Benjamin Dewhurst
Franklin Spencer (Sarge) is an elderly Army veteran with dementia and PTSD. He longs to escape his nursing home to be with his granddaughter for her high school graduation.
Anzac Letters // 7:37min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia
Director: Alison Rogers
Anzac Letters was created to share the experiences of the soldiers who took part in the first landing at Gallipoli, in April 1915, with a contemporary audience some 100 years later.
Patient 39 // 15min // Drama // 2014 // UK
Writer/ Director: Dan Clifton
When a soldier known only as Patient 39 awakes from a coma with no memory, so begins the search to discover his identity and past.
The Crater // 52min // Documentary // 2015 // Australia
Writer/Director: David Bradbury
A personal story of one’s man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers killed in action.
Film festival honours veterans
FIFTEEN original short films were honoured at the inaugural Veterans Film Festival awards held last night at the Australian War Memorial. Two films stood out in the Red Poppy Awards for Best Australian Film and Best International Film went respectively to “Brass...
Veterans Film Festival Red Poppy Awards
Best International Film - Birthday (USA) Best Australian Film - Brass Razoo (Australia) Best Film Commemorating WWI - No Man’s Land (Finland) Best Film Commemorating ANZAC’s in WWI - Trench (Australia) Best Director Chris King - Birthday (USA) Best Cinematography -...
The Haircut // 15min // Drama // 2014 // USA
Director: Alexis O Korycinski
Writer: Julia Cox
It’s 1976 and petite 18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academy.
The Last Night
The Last Night // 16min // Drama // 2014 // New Zealand
Writer/Director: David Strong
Isolated at night in mountainous Afghanistan and surrounded by militia, a young United Nations military advisor struggles to negotiate with a powerful warlord.
Birthday // 11min // Drama // 2015 // USA
Writer/Director: Chris King
When a young military wife gets news that her marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.
Trench // 10min // Drama // 2015 // Australia
Writer/Director: Nathan Hunt
An Australian and a Turkish soldier come across one another in the trenches of Turkey during the First World War.
Brass Razoo // 9min // Drama // 2015 // Australia
Director/Cinematographer: Troy Honeysett
A character study based on a fictional returned service man adjusting to reality after his time in Afghanistan.
Friend or Foe
Friend or Foe // 18min // Drama // 2015 // Malta
Director/Producer: Shirley Spiteri Mintoff
Writer: Anthony Mintoff
Malta, 1941. RAF Squadron Leader James Alden is given the order to escort a German child to safety. His success or failure will decide the outcome the war. When seeking shelter from a night-time air-raid, James is confronted by a stranger.
Ricochet // 14min // Drama // 2014 // Netherlands
Writer/Director: Wout Malestein
A young soldier returns from a mission of months in Afghanistan. The reunion with his girlfriend is difficult for him. The happiness of coming home contrasts too starkly with the traumatic loss of a pal in the theatre of war.
At the End of the Road
At the End of the Road // 9min // Drama // 2014 // Australia
Writer/Director: Chloé Hetzel
It’s World War III. A grand father is on the road with his grandson. What can he do to save him?
Dad’s Fragile Doll
Dad’s Fragile Doll // 15 min // Animation // 2015 // Iran
Director: Ali Zare Ghanat Nowi
A young girl reconstructs events leading to her father’s imprisonment and execution using dolls her mother has made. The young girl takes vengeance on the prison guard doll.
No Man’s Land
No Man’s Land // 4min // Animation // 2014 // Finland
Director: Vilvi Rae
A famous story from the trenches of the First World War, when British and German soldiers made a brief truce for Christmas Day.
Ramble // 6min // Drama // 2015 // Germany
Writer/Director: Andreas Ramm
Based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s ‘Osterspaziergang’, Ramble takes us on a romantic journey through nature, but sometimes we crave parodies so much that we lose track of reality.
Winged Warriors // 13min // Drama // 2014 // United Kingdom
Writer/Director: Evy Barry
A story of war, fear, courage and leadership from the First World War front line. When the survival of the last of a platoon of soldiers who reach the enemy trenches depends on their messenger pigeons.
Butchery // 6min // Animation // 2014 // France
Director: Bernard Capitaine (aka Iono Allen)
World War I: 9 million dead, 8 million disabled. A short symbolic vision of this war, the first massive and technologic one, through real letters from a French soldier, German soldier, and English nurse.
A Soldier’s Story
A Soldier’s Story // 12min // Documentary // 2015 // USA
Director: Loren Mendell
Writer: Laura Mickelson
Major Stephen Reich was an incredible athlete and American military hero who passed-up a Major League baseball career to return to active duty then tragically paid the ultimate price.
The Rat’s Dilemma
The Rat’s Dilemma // 11min // Sci-Fi // 2014 // Israel
Writer/Director: Naor Meningher
In the Holocaust, a gifted Jewish physicist named Rudolph is forced to build a teleporter for the Nazis. Rudolph keeps telling his Nazi supervisor, Heinz, that the machine doesn’t work yet, but Heinz suspects Rudolph is hiding something.
100 Years // 3min // Music Video // 2015 // Australia
Writer/Director: John and Elisabeth Dykstra
A song by John and Elisabeth Dykstra, The Berrys, about remembering soldiers from The Great War.
The White Feather
The White Feather // 22min // Drama // 2014 // Australia
Writer/Director: Laurence de B Anderson
Albert Ellis says we shouldn’t fight Britain’s wars. Then he gets a white feather.
Reprieve // 24min // Drama // 2014 // US
Writer/Director: Lorian James Delman
An American veteran has the chance to face the remaining members of an innocent family he accidentally killed in a firefight while serving overseas.
Desertion // 9min // Drama // 2015 // United Kingdom
Writer/Director: Ben Reid
Rob, a young soldier wearing a war-torn uniform, walks towards an imposing tower block. He calls the intercom at the entrance, gripping a red box in his hand. As a woman answers, Rob nervously manages the most muted of greetings.
Submerged // 15min // Drama // 2014 // UK
Director: Darren Mapletoft
Writer: Michael Holley
During the 1950s the British Navy conducted a series of teleportation experiments using submarines. When one such experiment goes badly wrong, submariner Billy Bourne wakes from dreaming about ‘Baby’, his sweetheart, to discover he is alone onboard his submarine.
Purple Heart // 16min // Drama // 2014 // USA
Director: Peter Kiwitt
Purple Heart tells the story of a young Iraq War veteran caught in the downward spiral of PTSD. His girlfriend, a deaf artist, tries to help him but he pushes her away. As his life unravels, he begins to lose control, veering towards tragedy.
Anzac Centenary tribute ‘blooming’ with 250,000 hand-made poppies
Two Victorian sister-in-laws who asked crafters to help hand make 5,000 poppies as part of a project to commemorate the Anzac centenary say they are stunned to have received around 250,000 from around the world. The 5000 Poppies initiative has its roots in a family...
Parramatta Prize for Best Film and Best Film on Returning Veterans Film Name: Peacekeeper Team: Cinestudios Entertainment Producer: Joshua Hoareau Lead Female Actor: Tatiana Barrie Lead Male Actor: Paul O’Brien Logline: A former Australian Peacekeeper reflects on...
Film about a homeless veteran takes out top honours
Peacekeeper, a short film about a homeless veteran, won top honours at the Project Homeless Awards night. Melbourne filmmaker, Joshua Hoareau, took out both the Parramatta prize for best film. Independent filmmaker, Hoareau, outdid submissions from across the world to...